Higher Education: Smarty Pants Latina Celebs

Most celebrities are known for their beauty, sense of fashion, taste in men or sometimes even (gasp!) their raw talent. But rarely are they ever admired for their brains.

So, in the spirit of all the recent inspirational commencement speeches we’ve heard, we decided to tip a hat to the Latina celebs who have stuck to their guns and pursued degrees in higher education. Here’s to setting an example with your actions chicas!

1. College Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria
School: Texas A & M, Cal State Northridge
Degrees: BA Kinesiology, MA Chicano Studies and Political Science
Longoria graduated from Texas A&M University-Kingsville with a degree in kinesiology (the study of body movement) back in 1998. But this book worm wasn’t done learning! In 2009, she headed back to school and enrolled at Cal State Northridge to pursue a Masters Degree in Chicano Studies and Political Science. Of course, Longoria is acing her classes. "I have an A right now. I'm a nerd," the Desperate Housewives actress slyly boasted.

2. College America Ferrera

America Ferrera
School: University of Southern California
Degree: International Relations
Ferrera earned her degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California all while pursuing her acting career. Talk about multi-tasking! She said in an interview, “I just feel a responsibility to be an educated citizen and be a smarter human being.” The former Ugly Betty star even met her fiancé Ryan Piers Williams at USC when he cast her in his first short film.

3. College Jordana Brewster

Jordana Brewster
School: Yale University
Degree: BA in English
Jordana Brewster went to one of the best schools in the country: Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The Fast & Furious actress graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in English, even though she'd had a successful acting career since the age of 15 when she landed a role on As the World Turns. When asked about whether or not it was weird attending Yale after attaining fame, she said, "Well, I was lucky in that my being an actress totally overshadowed my having some kind of a... legacy at Yale, so that was kind of great."

4. College Ana Ortiz

Ana Ortiz
School: University of the Arts, Philadelphia
Degree: Acting
Ortiz graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1994 with a degree in Acting. "The University of the Arts was pivotal for me,” Ortiz said of her college education. “They were putting me—a young Puerto Rican girl—into theater before anyone else!” That training and experience certainly paid off in her successes in TV and film.

5. College Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara
Universidad Odontológica de Colombia
Degree: Pre-Dentistry
Vergara studied Pre-Dentistry at a university in Colombia for three years. That must explain her 100-watt smile!  The Colombian actress was just two semesters shy of graduating, but had to quit when her modeling and acting career took off.  “I thought dentistry was a great way to help people without getting too many emergency calls in the middle of the night,” she once admitted.  “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months,” she laughed.  “I try to bribe the dentist to make him do it sooner!”

6. College Sara Ramirez

Sara Ramirez
The Juilliard School (Drama Division)
Degree: BFA Drama
It’s no surprise that Ramirez graduated from the Drama Division at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City – she has emerged as one of the most recognizable actresses in television.  The private school, which accepts an average of 7.4 percent of its applicants, has educated some of the most well known actors in the world such as Robin Williams and Kevin Spacey.

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